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Halifax Town Council will hold its regular monthly work session on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Members of the Business Development committee, headed by Kristy Johnson, are expected to make a recommendation about the hiring of an events coordinator for the coming year to replace Susi Robbins who resigned at the end of last season.

Business Development members will also bring a report on planned activities of the Village Association which include an April 5 Halicraft Art Festival, as well as upcoming Farmer’s Market activities.

Finance chairman Dennis Witt is expected to advise members on preliminary amendments to the Town’s budget for the current year as well as discussing interim financing from SunTrust to cover the expenses of the Banister River Gateway Project.

Current Affairs chairman Bill Confroy will review HB 1237 which allows for the hunting of wild animals and wild birds on private property and state waters on Sundays, as well as reviewing the conditions for the Halifax Police Department to secure kill permits from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to reduce the number of deer in the Town.

The committee will also update other Council members on the details of the pre-construction meeting with J. Harman Saunders Construction, Inc. and the notice to proceed with the Banister River Gateway Project.

The project, which is contracted for completion within 240 calendar days, is slated to begin in March, weather permitting. It includes the addition of bridge street lights, a gateway sign and a wayside area with parking where there will be interpretive signage, a river overlook and river access for canoe and kayak launches.

Following the work session Council is expected to enter into its regular monthly session at which time they will likely approve the Business Development’s recommendation for the hiring of an events coordinator.

Council is also expected to authorize the J. Harman Saunders Construction Company to proceed with the Banister River Gateway Project and authorize interim financing for the project from Sun Trust Bank until reimbursement from the approved grant funding becomes available.

Council will receive its regular monthly police department report from Police Chief Kevin Lands.

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Awesome news! Halifax needs to keep pushing their great natural resource.

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